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Inspiration

Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Creativity is the use of your imagination. In order to progress and produce a hoop flow, we need to use our imagination. Be creative. Be courageous to...

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Come Fly With Me

National Aviation Day is August 19th Materials: Have some colorful paper airplanes for residents to throw around. Offer some paper with guides to make their own afterwards. Opening Recording: “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin Discussion: Who has flown a plane? For...

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The Great Outdoors

A hunting we will go! Get out the bird whistles, the duck calls, and let's go hunting! In this session plan there is much for than just hunting discussion, songs and calls. “A man’s most innate need is his need to be significant, to make a difference, to find purpose...

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Sweet as Candy

ATTENTION MUSIC THERAPISTS! Activities to incorporate into your sessions. Simple board game options (The vintage boards are nice to have. You can find them on Amazon and Etsy): Candyland Hi Ho Cherry-O (1960) Hawaiian Punch Gingerbread Man (1961) Events: Have an Ice...

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Ojibwe Music

This post is a re-post from 2012. This post is a condensed version of a research paper I did back in 2005 in grad school. I had the opportunity to put together an ethnography project.  Being that I live in Duluth, MN, which is so close to the Ojibwe reservations, I...

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Ideas, Inventions, & Patents, Oh My!

Do You Have An Idea? An Invention? Have you ever been doing something and said, "It would be cool if I had this...it would make this so much better." If you have, you might have an invention. Some are worth pursuing and developing further. It happened to me early in...

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Encourage Each Other

A positive sense of well-being can enhance one's physical health Wellness for older adults has promising outcomes. The value of social support reaches far and wide. The support of family and friends during a difficult time can have a positive emotional effect. When...

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Dress Up Baby Doll

I grew up dressing and primping my Barbie's and baby dolls. My mom had sewn clothes for all my dolls. So, when I had girls of my own, I made clothes for their dolls too. Playing dress up with the baby dolls was part of the fun. The developmental skills learned by...

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Crafty Musical Instruments

Kids of all ages love to make music instrument crafts. I have three projects suggested and explained in picture detail for you. I usually use these activities for Wellness/Kids Fairs, street dances. Grandmas and grandpas love to get in on helping out the kids decorate...

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Relax and Color

August 2 is National Coloring Book Day But, we can color ANY day of the year! Woohoo! Here is the program session plan. Relax and Color Program Session Have an assortment of coloring books available after the session. Inform the residents they can help themselves,...

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Wine and Vinegar

How exciting! November 1 is National Vinegar Day. AND...National Drink Wine Day is February 18 Did you know that vinegar was an accidental discovery? In ancient times, they found that when grape juice was left undisturbed, it turned to wine. That's awesome! Better get...

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One Giant Leap for Man

July 20 is National Moon Day July 20, 1969 the crew of Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface, which included Buzz Aldridge, Neal Armstrong, and Michael Collin. One giant leap for man in 1969. For more information on the First Lunar Landing go to NASA website....

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Lace Up & Walk

April 6th is National Walking Day.  The American Heart Association kicks off an event every year. If your facility wants to plan ahead and make an event, they have a toolkit available here to help increase awareness and encourage your residents to do a little extra...

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Friendships

It's National Best Friends Day on June 8th! We can celebrate friendships anytime. Friendships are the best! There is nothing better than a friend, than a friend with chocolate.  by Linda Grayson It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be...

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Earth Day

Since 1970, we've been celebrating April 22 as Earth Day. There are so many ways to take action to help sustain the health of the Earth. Take a look at all the resources at this useful website. They even have a toolkit that your organization/facility can use to create...

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National Plant a Flower Day

It's National Plant a Flower Day on March 12. What a great way to learn and share about flowers, do some planting, and incorporate a little singing while planting. Here is a Spring Music Session with all sorts of songs about flowers and spring time. Spring Music...

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